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Qualcomm announces its first entry-level 5G chip – cheap 5G phones are coming


When 5G was first commercialized, only flagship and expensive smartphones use this network. Presently, we have a lot of mid-range smartphones that support the 5G network. However, apart from the Realme V3 5G which costs about $170, there is hardly any 5G phone costing less than $200. This is because there is hardly any entry-level 5G chip in the market. However, it appears that this is about to change as Qualcomm announces its first 5G chip in the Snapdragon 400 series.

entry-level 5G chip

The Snapdragon 400 series is Qualcomm’s entry-level series and this new 5G chip is Snapdragon 480 5G. Qualcomm’s vice president of product management, Kedar Kondap, said

“Qualcomm Technologies continues to accelerate 5G commercialization globally to make 5G smartphones more accessible, especially as people worldwide continue to connect remotely. The Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform will exceed OEM’s and consumer’s expectations in delivering high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price”

According to the official listing, the Snapdragon 480 integrates Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X51 5G modem. This chip also adopts the Sub-6GHz, an RF (radio frequency) system, and millimeter-wave connections. With its dual support for both SA and NSA networking modes, TDD, FDD, and DSS, we expect this chip to deliver blistering performance and connection.

In addition, the Snapdragon 480 comes with Qualcomm FastConnect™ 6200. This chip supports Bluetooth 5.1, 2×2 Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi dual antennas), and 8×8 detection of MU-MIMO. This combination will significantly improve its performance and transmission range. Other advanced technologies that this chip supports are dual-frequency GPS and NavIC. These technologies will help to improve its positioning figures.

Performance and photography

This chip is an 8n processor that comes with Qualcomm Kryo™ 460 CPU, Qualcomm Adreno™ 619 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon™ 686 processor. The main frequency of this device is 2.0GHz. This chip permits fast chargers and improves its efficiency. This chip also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge™ 4 + technology.

For the first time ever, a Snapdragon 400 series chip will support three ISPs. It achieves this using the Qualcomm Spectra™ 345 ISP. This processor can take up to three cameras of up to 13MP per sensor. It also supports the use of an ultra-wide-angle sensor, a wide-angle sensor as well as a telephoto camera.

In terms of display, this chip supports up to 120Hz FHD+ display. This is just sufficient as it is the current trend for many flagships and mid-range devices.

Of course, if a manufacturer chooses to use the Snapdragon 480 to its full capacity, the device will not be an entry-level device. However, they have the option of playing down some of the features and making the device an entry-level device. We expect the first batch of Snapdragon 480 smartphones in a couple of months.


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